These Marathon Webinars began from 4th January and will continue till 2nd March 2021 for different sectors. ‘Udyog Manthan’ was inaugurated by Mr. Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.
The webinar on ‘Gems & Jewellery’ was held on Thursday 21st January 2021 with Mr. PR Somsundaram, Managing Director World Gold Council as the session Moderator and Mr.Uday Singh Mina representing the government bodies. Other prominent speakers were, Mr. Jagat Shah of Global Network, Mr. G.R. Anand of GRT Group, Mr. Dileep Narayan of Malabar Group, Mr. D.D. Karel of Karel & Sons, Mr. Pravin Shah of Ankit Gems Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Samir Shah of Indian Diamonond Institute, Surat.
Dr. Jayshree Panjikar asserted that it is high time that the Government took the initiative to promote the BIS developed (IS 15766/2007) Indian Standards for Diamond Grading as the domestic market for diamonds is growing. Already BIS Hallmarking for Gold has become mandatory and public is aware of it. Often the diamonds in the diamond studded jewellery are more valuable than the gold used, so the quality of diamonds need to be ascertained and that can be done with BIS standards. Nowhere in the world, has a Government organization developed Standards for Diamond Grading. The BIS developed Indian Standards for Diamond Grading are at par with any of the known international grading systems and will give consumer the needed assurance of quality when it sees the BIS logo.